It’s the most wonderful time of the year — kitten season!
While the new fur babies are keeping us busy at Animal Humane Society, we wanted to take a moment to share some important reminders about litters you may come across in your community.
First and foremost, remember that a kitten’s best chance of survival is with its mother. If you find a litter of kittens with their mother, resist the urge to move them. If the mother cat isn’t there, she still might be close by! Mama cats likely won’t return to their litters while people stand by.
If you’re able, check on the litter and take notice of how they look. It’s a safe bet that a cozy litter sleeping soundly was recently fed. Give the kittens space and check on them again in a few hours to see if mom has returned or paid another visit.
If the kittens look gaunt or sick, there’s a good chance they’ve been abandoned. In this case, bring them to AHS where the kittens will receive the lifesaving care they need. Contact the Pet Helpline if you have any questions about bringing in the kittens.
You may discover that a kitten (or two) seems unresponsive. You can try rubbing some Karo syrup or sugar water on their gums to raise blood sugar and revive them.
If you do attempt to feed any kittens, don’t feed them cow’s milk. Use special kitten formula or goat’s milk if formula is unavailable. Before you feed them, be sure that the kittens are warm. If they’re cold and look hungry, warm up the kitten first or they could face life-threatening complications.
Kitten season can be a busy and overwhelming time for animal shelters. Thanks to our generous donors and dedicated Bottle Baby volunteers, AHS is able to care for thousands of kittens each year.
We’re also continually working on reducing the number of unwanted litters in our communities through Animal Humane Society’s Community Cats program. Learn more about the program and what you can do to help.